Roses forum: Keeping a rose short?

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Coastal TX (Sunset 28/31) (Zone 9a)
Apr 1, 2019 9:34 AM CST
I have a dwarf rose bed of roses <=4 feet tall. Most of the roses are various shades of off-white, so I want a BOLDly colored, strongly fragrant rose in the middle. I tend to prefer neutral-to-warm pinks over cool pinks or orangey peaches, and I want something disease and heat resistant, so I'm thinking Dee-Lish (which does turn cool pink in some weather, but mostly seems to be in the range I want).

The problem is that Dee-Lish is listed by HelpMeFind as 31" - 4'11" high, and here in the sub-tropics, I think it will probably be on the taller end. 4'11" isn't that much taller than 4', but I'm afraid it might be tall enough to cover up and distract attention from the front door. And since I have a prominent attached garage on my house, I want to use my landscaping to draw MORE attention to my front door, not less.

How often would I need to trim the rose to keep it a foot shorter than its true height? Would annually be enough? If I deadhead anyway, can I easily build it into my deadheading routine?
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Apr 1, 2019 2:04 PM CST
I believe you will most likely have a healthy, productive rose if you select one in the size range you wish it to remain.

In my experience, constantly cutting roses back to a lower size means less and less bloom.
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Apr 1, 2019 2:32 PM CST
I agree with Jeri. You can try and keep a rose shorter than it wants to be but it will fight you. My Dee-lish was in a bad spot with too much chade and it still wanted to get taller. Maybe a good minior miniflora would fit the bill.
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Apr 1, 2019 3:57 PM CST
I am currently growing Vineyard Song. It is a beautiful and healthy rose that can take the heat. HMF states it is susceptible to mildew but we have had a very rainy winter and it has not had one speck of disease on it at all. The flowers are gorgeous! Strongly scented. It is a beautiful pink to purple rose. I have only had this rose for about six to nine months (started as a band from Burlington) and it just has grown like gangbusters. It is a very healthy, pretty little thing. You might like it.
Name: Lola
Keeps Sheep Roses Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Birds Farmer
Apr 1, 2019 7:02 PM CST
Vineyard Song is a cool pink/mauve. Alnwick Castle and Leonardo da Vinci are lovely warm, strong pinks that don't get out of hand. Boscobel is one of my favourites too.
Thumb of 2019-04-02/LolaTasmania/41d3e8Boscobel

Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Apr 2, 2019 12:17 AM CST
Oooooh!!!! Lovey dubby Lola, Lola, Lola!!! That picture is gawjus!!!!
Name: John
Region: Wales Bee Lover
Apr 2, 2019 4:21 AM CST
Hi Ann
If you google the shrub rose Bonica you may come up with what your looking for, its recommended for Texas, has been voted the worlds best
Rose, America's favorite rose, it doesn't mind being clipped etc etc...
Pink carpet is another. Of course you must like the colours
I tend to choose the shrub before the bloom, because like yourself I don't
Have the space Or the inclination to shuffle them about. There are many
Reliable unsung hero's in the rose world, combine them in a tastful bed,
Or garden design and they won't let you down.
Roses that don't prosper always look sad and spoil the look of the overall
Effect.Healthy roses are happy roses!! Always ask your nursery expert for advice. On hardines etc...
I am on safe ground recommending Bonica, likewise pink carpet.
Good luck with whatever you decide, cos advice is just that, advice......
Kind regards

Kind regards

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